Recently started doing weighted dips in place of bench press and I am astounded by how much better of an exercise it is. Something about dips just feels so damn good. The way they stretch my chest and shoulders while also overloading my triceps leaves me feeling sore throughout my entire upper body. Since incorporating dips into my routine a few months ago, I've managed to finally break through my bench press and OHP plateau. I've also noticed my triceps are getting a lot bigger.
What is it about weighted dips that makes them such an intense exercise, especially in comparison to the barbell bench press? Is it the heavy stretch on the chest and shoulders at a different angle? Is it the increased tension on the triceps? Is it having to use your traps to stabilize your shoulders? Is it because you are forced to move your torso through space? What exactly is it about the weighted dip that makes it so great?
inb4 "hurrr bad for your shoulders" just use proper form bro